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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Jan 12, 2009 2:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Ouch!!

I've found it hit or miss with RatDog. They have been to the NORVA here in Virginia several times over the past couple of years - 3 shows were great (the one with Steve Kimock was superb). One was an abomination - Bobby had to use a teleprompter to get through 'Desolation Row' and he still farked it up. American Babies opened for RatDog and they should have flipped the band lineup around.

Saw them a few years back at the Electric Factory in Philly on the "Cheese-Dog" tour (String Cheese Incident and RatDog summer tour). It was abyssmal. RatDog opened - all the old heads gamely took it in and left after they were done. Watching the young SCI fans flow in to the empty spaces you couldn't help but think the torch had been passed if not gone out entirely. I'm not implying that SCI is better than the Dead, but on that day, SCI was far, far better than RatDog.